6 Simple-Looking Artworks That Were Actually Really Difficult To Accomplish

6 Simple-Looking Artworks That Were Actually Really Difficult To Accomplish By:  Rachel P.    Have you ever thought "Oh, I could've  easily  done that" when looking at a piece in a museum? If you have, then you must be able to carry out extremely difficult techniques and even math! Here are six simple-looking masterpieces that were actually made with very complex processes.   6. Jackson Pollock's "Random" Artworks Are Actually Explained By Physiscs In 2006, Jackson Read more [...]

How Matisse’s Most Treasured Possessions Inspired His Art

A forthcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy reveals the artist's great love of collecting, and the marked impact this had on his radical oeuvre The objects with which we surround ourselves articulate our lives, our interests, our desires; often our hopes and our fears. An artist’s studio offers a tantalising glimpse into a private ritualised space, often filled with the detritus of a working life but also with personal totems of inspiration. “I have worked all my life before the same objects,” Read more [...]

Tower of Human Skulls Found In Mexico

Tower of Human Skulls Found In Mexico By: Muzeion Staff     In what might be one of the weirdest discoveries in recent history, archeologists have found a tower of over 670 human skulls near the Templo Mayor in Mexico City.  The findings have raised questions on what is known about the Aztec empire and its ritualistic sacrifices. Among the skulls found there were some that belonged to children and women, according to the studies made to them. Previous to this unearthing, tower Read more [...]

Why Museums Hide Masterpieces Away

Why Museums Hide Masterpieces Away By Kimberly Bradley The numbers don’t lie. At New York’s Museum of Modern Art, 24 of 1,221 works by Pablo Picasso in the institution’s permanent collection can currently be seen by visitors. Just one of California conceptual artist Ed Ruscha’s 145 pieces is on view. Surrealist Joan Miró? Nine out of 156 works. The walls of the Tate, the Met, the Louvre or MoMA may look perfectly well-hung, but the vast majority of art belonging to the world’s Read more [...]

9 Tips to Master the Art of Collecting

9 Tips to Master the Art of Collecting By: Ana Bambić Kostov Art collectors are a peculiar bunch. Often perceived as elegant, wealthy people, with substantial connoisseurship of the art they collect, they appear to have a certain status in society. Whispers and hidden gazes follow them around the openings, while their collections are veiled in secrecy until they decide to lift this cloak. In truth, art collectors have everything in common with collectors of any other kind. What makes them stand Read more [...]

How Pablo Picasso Hacked Willpower to Produce Almost 50,000 Works of Art

How Pablo Picasso Hacked Willpower to Produce Almost 50,000 Works of Art By: Zat Rana In 1895, had his sister not died, Picasso may never have picked up a paintbrush again. He had made a pact with God. At age 13, he promised to give up his gift if destiny saved her. Although an atheist in later life, it’s been suggested that the outcome of this episode reinforced his famous conviction in his abilities. Art was his calling, and even at an early age, Picasso not Read more [...]

Caravaggio’s Final Days

Caravaggio's Final Days By Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman, Department of European Paintings The final days of Caravaggio's life is an amazing story—one fit for Hollywood, though it was the British filmmaker Derek Jarman who made the movie back in 1986. On May 28, 1606, Caravaggio and three of his cohorts got into a brawl in Rome. The occasion was a tennis match, but there were likely gambling debts involved. Although Caravaggio was only wounded, he had killed one of Read more [...]

Discord Between John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Picasso, Matisse and Rivera

Discord Between John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Picasso, Matisse and Rivera By Claudia Palacios Mary Louise Pierson, Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s granddaughter, gave a talk at the French Institute Alliance Française to celebrate her book Kykuit: Seven Generations of the Rockefeller Family Home. During this event she recounted how her great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, did not get along with Picasso, Matisse or Diego Rivera. In 1932 the three artists were asked to paint murals at the Rockefeller Read more [...]

A Hitler bust, Nazi Objects and Mummified Animals found in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Argentine Federal Police made several raids where it found different archaeological objects and also references to the regime of Adolph Hitler. Last week agents of the Argentinian Federal Police carried out raids in two municipalities that are located in the northern part of the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires. Punctually, the search took place in the parties of Vicente Lopez and San Isidro, where they found Chinese and Egyptian archaeological objects, protected by the local law. However, Read more [...]

The little-known World Heritage Sites of the future

The little-known World Heritage Sites of the future Unesco officials will be having a convention at the ICE Krakow Congress Center in Poland, to discuss the addition (and in some cases expansion) of 35 places to the World Heritage Sites list. These are some of the possible additions:   Archeological Site of Aphrodisias, Turkey The Historic Perimeter of Asmara and its Modernist Architecture, Eritrea Historic City of Ahmadabad, India Primeval Beech Forests of The Carpathians Read more [...]

The Rockefeller Collection To Be Sold for Benefit

The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller to be sold to benefit charities Christie's Press 06/10/2017 With a commitment of sale proceeds to charities, the Rockefellers continue their long legacy of philanthropy. Christie’s has been selected to manage the Spring 2018 auction of more than 2,000 items The Estate of David Rockefeller, the youngest son of American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and art patron Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, will sell at Christie’s the personal collection Read more [...]

Sophistication of Chinese Counterfeits Makes Them Harder to Detect: Can You Tell the Fake From the Real?

Counterfeiters in southern China are producing copies of 2,000-year-old pottery soldiers, horses and dancing ladies with such skill and sophistication these days that experts say they are finding it increasingly difficult to detect the fake from the real. By reusing bits of ancient clay found at excavation sites throughout China, forgers are producing objects that not only look convincing but also pass a scientific test widely used to date the pottery. Giuseppe Eskenazi, head of one of Read more [...]

Gigantic Aztec Temple Unearthed in Mexico City

It was built in tribute to the wind god. This huge temple was lurking beneath the site of a hotel. (INAH) When people walk down the streets of Mexico City, they might do so in search of a bite to eat or a glimpse at some of its coolest modern architecture. But they may not realize they're standing on top of thousands of years of history. And every once in a while, that history surfaces in an amazing archaeological find. That’s what happened near the city’s Zocalo plaza, reports Reuters, Read more [...]

An Unknown Treasure

An Unknown Treasure Bianca London DailyMail Online Posted: 06/08/2017 A ring bought at a hospital car boot sale for £10 was today sold for a staggering £656,750 - after it turned out to be a 26 carat diamond. The lady owner snapped up the ring in the 1980s after assuming it was a decorative costume jewel. She wore it regularly, carrying out mundane daily chores and earlier this year decided it was time to have it valued. The eyes of the experts at Sotheby's lit up when they saw it - identifying Read more [...]